First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. In addition, these skills are required for the PADI Rescue Diver course.
Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching primary and secondary lifesaving skills – they’re for anyone, not just divers. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors!
The Fun Part
The fun part about Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You will gain confidence that you are prepared to help should an emergency arise.
What You Learn in the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Courses
- BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR, and rescue breathing at the layperson level
- AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
- Preventing and caring for shock
- Spinal injury management
- The use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
- Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations
The Learning Materials You Need
Through a combination of independent study and skill practice with an instructor, you’ll build the confidence and skills to provide basic emergency care. The Primary and Secondary Care Manual and DVD preview emergency scenarios and provide step-by-step skill demonstrations.
The Emergency First Response Care at a Glance card is a quick-reference guide for emergency situations. Designed to fit in a dive logbook, glove compartment, or backpack, the Care at a Glance card is an important component for any first-aid or disaster preparedness kit.
To enroll in Emergency First Response courses, you must:
- Care about other people and want to be able to assist them in a medical emergency
Your Next Adventure
Beside the Primary and Secondary Care Courses, Emergency First Response offers Care for Children and other emergency training programs.
After completing Primary and Secondary Care, take the PADI Rescue Diver course and the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course. Together these three courses round out your ability to handle scuba diver emergencies.